Old Men & the Sea (Community Film - Completion)

by BMT Film & Media C.I.C in Ireland

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Raise money to complete community film started 2 years ago in order to submit to film festivals. For travel to Ireland, accommodation etc.

by BMT Film & Media C.I.C in Ireland

Old Men and the Sea (short film 18 mins) is a short film about a Bradford film club’s annual trip to Donegal, Ireland. 

To Finalise Film

We need to return to Donegal, Ireland (July 2024) to finalise filming for the short film (below). We received first funding for travel and accommodation in 2022 from Arnold Clarke Community Fund to shoot some ‘proof of concept’ and begin interviews. 

We now need funds to firstly to complete filming as well audio interviews in order to submit to film festivals and competitions. Outcomes include using the film to show positive representations of older men to promote well-being and mental health of sport as well as heritage and promotion of the community cohesion between northern England, Scotland and Northern and Republic of Ireland.  

Further funding: if secured would mean we would be able to pay for editing and post-production, including music rights/composition, BBFC certification fees as well as  DCP - A digital cinema package is the standard delivery format for film screenings at a digital cinema etc. (very expensive) 

Old Men and the Sea (short film 18 mins) Logline: 

Bradford City Sea Anglers Club annual fishing trip to The Wild Atlantic Way off the coast of County Donegal in Ireland. As club members grow old and contemplate the future they reflect on dwindling numbers. Anglers engage in ‘catch and return’ sport: preparing for travel, negotiating with predatory nature (gulls, dolphins and ‘fish that eat other fish’), heroic battling with the ‘catch' until finally placing the fish gently in the water and letting it swim away. Explored through the eyes of the filmmaker’s father, Brian Clarkson as he leads the other fishermen and recounts the origins of the club, hemmed in ‘land-locked’ Bradford, West Yorkshire seeking solace in the freedom of the sea in rural Ireland. These ‘old men and the sea’ will one day part. He will organise one last trip: to facilitate friendship, ‘male-bonding’ and the promotion of mental well being - living at one with nature.

Producer, Director, Cinematographer: Garry Clarkson.

Associate Producer: Daniela De Moura.

Sound Editing: Masood Sadiq

Editing & Post Production: Mak Digital, Bradford.

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